C1789

Norfolk Island Flying Squirrel

Artist:

Ann Latham (1772 - 1835)

The Squirrel Glider is not found on Norfolk Island, although its binomial name suggests otherwise. Modern common name Squirrel Glider, Flying Squirrel, Sugar Squirrel Modern binomial name Petaurus norfolcensis First described Kerr 1792 Distribution VIC, NSW & QLD Reference Strahan … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Norfolk Island Flying Squirrel

Date:

C1789

Artist:

Ann Latham (1772 - 1835)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

180mm 
x 260mm
AUTHENTICITY
Norfolk Island Flying Squirrel - Antique Print from 1789

Genuine antique
dated:

1789

Description:

The Squirrel Glider is not found on Norfolk Island, although its binomial name suggests otherwise.

Modern common name Squirrel Glider, Flying Squirrel, Sugar Squirrel

Modern binomial name Petaurus norfolcensis

First described Kerr 1792

Distribution VIC, NSW & QLD

Reference Strahan Readers Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page: 234-5 ill. 224-5

From Phillip’s, A Voyage to Botany Bay.

Biography:

Ann Latham (1772-1835)

Ann Latham was John Latham’s daughter, and she assisted her father in painting birds, mammals and butterflies for her father. She also recorded the first Australian bird species sent to London. The watercolours were made before her marriage in 1795 to a surgeon in Winchester. After 1795 Ann stopped helping her father.

John Latham (1740-1837)

Latham is considered to be the Father of Australian Ornithology for the scientific descriptions he provided for birds sent from the convict colony of Sydney Cove in 1788.

Latham studied anatomy under the surgeon John Hunter and after practicing medicine and making his fortune he retired from practice in 1796 devoting his life to ornithology. He became the leading English ornithologist of his day, a time that coincided with the discovery of Australia’s east coast by James Cook and the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.

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